ARRL News Flash

Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Fee to Disappear in September

The Amateur Radio vanity call sign regulatory fee is set to disappear in the next few weeks. According to the best-available information from FCC sources, the first day that applicants will be able to file a vanity application without having to pay a fee is Thursday, September 3. Indeciding earlier this year to drop the regulatory fee for Amateur Radio vanity call signs and General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) applications, the FCC said it was doing so to save money and personnel resources. The Commission asserted that it costs more of both to process the regulatory fees and issue refunds than the amount of the regulatory fee payment.

“Our costs have increased over time, and now that the costs exceed the amount of the regulatory fee, the increased relative administrative cost supports eliminating this regulatory fee category,” the FCC said in itsReport and Order, which appeared on July 21 in The Federal Register. “Once [it’s] eliminated, these licensees will no longer be financially burdened with such payments, and the Commission will no longer incur these administrative costs that exceed the fee payments.”

In 2014 the FCC raised the Amateur Service vanity call sign regulatory fee from $16.10 to its current $21.40 for the 10-year license term. The $5.30 increase was the largest such fee hike in many years. In a typical fiscal year, the FCC collected on the order of $250,000 in vanity call sign regulatory fees.

The FCC said the revenue it would otherwise have collected from such regulatory fees “will be proportionally assessed on other wireless fee categories.” Congress has mandated that the FCC collect nearly $340 million in regulatory fees from all services in fiscal year 2015.

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Field Day, 2015

40 meter CW with KG6WKM at the key.  We scored 148 contacts for 296 points overall.

Signals were loud and band noise non existent for the entire period.  Seems like a lot fewer stations on the air this year especially in the midwest, possibly due to the weather.  IMG_4233

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Ol’ Chicken Feathers back on the air

CHRS (California Historical Radio Society) is going back on the air on
Amateur Radio Field Day, with the Maxwell Memorial Station W6CF  (ol’
“Chicken Feathers”). Starting at 11 AM, Saturday, June 27, at Radio
Central in Alameda (2152 Central Ave. off Park St.).  CHRS hams will
operate on standard ham bands and also on VHF two meters FM.  Clubs and
others all over America will join this party on the air, the ARRL’s
national emergency preparedness exercise.  ARRL has been sponsoring
this Field Day weekend since the early 1930s.

Everyone is invited to participate. Licensed hams can operate the
transmitters. This is a good opportunity to review some of the historic
amateur radio gear now in the new mobile storage as well. This is a good
way to learn about amateur radio and its history. CHRS is working
towards a large station for W6CF, with operating vintage equipment and
interpretive displays. Much of the collection of amateur radio
materials in the library is now being reshelved and will be
accessible.

73 de K6VK.

From ARRL News

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Server Move: If you cannot log in, here is what you need to do.

The server has just been moved and the databases have been restored. Things look fairly good on my end.

I did notice that my old login did not work. This was an easy fix, so if this happens to you, follow these steps.

  1. If you get an error that you login is invalid, you will need to reset your password.
  2. Click on the Lost Password? link below the “Log In” button.
  3. Enter your eMail, not your username. Yes, it says it will accept either one, but your eMail is the one you need to use in this case.
  4. Click on the “Get New Passsword” button.
  5. You will be sent the link to reset your password to the eMail account you first enrolled with.
  6. Click on the link and enter your new password.
  7. If this does not work, let N6XN or myself know.

Why do you need to do this? When the server was moved the salt, the magic random string, that is used for seeding encryption of passwords changed. This means that the old passwords cannot be decoded. A simple password reset is needed to have the system update your password.

We are sorry for the inconvenience.

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Silverado ARS website to change

Seems like we just did this.  Remember when we used to be napasars.org.  It’s been nearly  5 years since we changed our web host from “the gate” to N5APA’s servers in Yountville.  David made us a generous offer to host our site and we have had nearly flawless service ever since.

But now David must re-home his servers and napasars will go dark for an unspecified period until things get reorganized.  Make a mental note: if you try to connect to the SARS website and get a “server not found” error, please be patient.  We will be back.

73 – N6XN

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